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  • The case MWH v GSH: Wife fails to get pension order after Jersey divorce
    The case MWH v GSH: As any reader of this blog will know, the law relating to financial settlements on divorce varies from one jurisdiction to another, with the result that some spouses engage in ‘forum shopping’, to ensure that the divorce takes place in the jurisdiction where they believe the law to be most... […]
    John Bolch
  • Is it better to be the petitioner or the respondent in a divorce?
    We are often asked by our clients, as we start the divorce process, is it better to be the petitioner or the respondent in a divorce? In the main, there is often very little advantage or disadvantage to being the petitioner as opposed to the respondent. However, there are some points worth considering.  Family lawyer,... […]
    James Scarborough
  • The case Re AB: Fertility clinic must disclose records of deceased donor
    The case Re AB: We have had cases previously concerning the use of eggs or sperm donated to a fertility clinic after the death of the donor – see, for example, this case back in 2015. However, I don’t recall previously coming across a case concerning the release of records of a deceased donor by... […]
    John Bolch
  • Can I defend a divorce?
    Whilst it is possible to defend a divorce, the reality is, is that it is very hard and almost impossible to get a successful outcome. You have to think very carefully about what you will ultimately achieve and what your goal is. What is a defended divorce? Your spouse has issued a divorce petition either... […]
    Lesley Smythe
  • A week like no other: domestic abuse courts, child maintenance, COVID-19 and divorce reform
    Family law news: It has been a week quite unlike any that most of us have experienced in our lives. Our liberties have been restricted in a way that would have been unimaginable only weeks ago. And this could just be the beginning of a very long haul. At a time like this family law... […]
    John Bolch
  • Different approaches to divorce during COVID-19 lockdown
    Divorce during COVID-19 lockdown: As the lockdown continues, how are family lawyers and the courts adapting to the new routine brought in by COVID-19. Julian Hawkhead, Senior Partner at Stowe Family Law joins us on the blog. We are living in strange and challenging times. As I write this, I am sat looking out at... […]
    Julian Hawkhead
  • The case M v F: Defective child arrangements order set aside
    The case M v F: For reasons that will soon become apparent I shall start this post with a very brief outline of the procedure on an application for a child arrangements order. FHDRA Once the application has been made the court will fix a first hearing, known as a ‘First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment’,... […]
    John Bolch
  • The case MS v FS: Divorce and financial order set aside, as husband not aware of proceedings
    The case MS v FS: It is a fundamental principle of law that when anyone makes an application to the court any party affected by that application must be notified of it so that they can respond to it. The only exception to this is when a court order is required urgently, for example in... […]
    John Bolch
  • Child arrangements during lockdown
    We are currently navigating unprecedented times as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues in the UK.  This public health crisis has raised worries and concerns by many separated parents as to the impact the current lockdown will have on child arrangements. COVID-19 lockdown The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday (23 March... […]
    Zoe Carter
  • Reaching a financial settlement in the Coronavirus pandemic
    In the midst of Coronavirus chaos, everyone has a lot on their minds, namely the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. Unfortunately, they may find that other ongoing difficulties continue to rumble on in the background, which still need to be resolved including reaching a financial settlement in the Coronavirus pandemic. Reaching a financial... […]
    Natasha Ord